Real Madrid Transfer News: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reveals Los Blancos Promise

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring his second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Ingolstadt in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he promised his grandfather he would one day play for Real Madrid, talking up a possible transfer to the La Liga giants.

Speaking to French daily L'Equipe (h/t AS' Carlos Forjanes), the Gabon international also revealed his goal celebration, where he performs a cartwheel, is something he does in honour of Los Blancos legend Hugo Sanchez:

Before he died two years ago I promised him that one day I would play for Real Madrid. My grandfather was from Avila, not far from Madrid. It’s what I said to him. I know it’s not easy but it’s something I keep in mind.

I celebrate my goals with a cartwheel in honour of Hugo Sanchez. I’ve seen many videos of him on the internet and I’ve been following him since I was a boy.

To play for Madrid or for another great club in La Liga would be a nice gift to my mother, Margarita, who is Spanish.

The 26-year-old has been among the top goalscorers in Europe in 2015-16, scoring an impressive 20 goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances for Die Schwarzgelben, per

Per the Manchester Evening News (h/t Sky Sports' Jefferson Lake), he has been strongly linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, but it now seems the speedster has his eye on a transfer to the Spanish capital instead.

As shared by the Bundesliga's official YouTube account, he and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski are involved in a tremendous race for the top scorer's title in Germany:

The Poland international has also been linked with a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with Marco Ruiz of AS previously claiming Lewandowski would be Real's top transfer target next summer.

Acquiring either forward might prove difficult, as both Bayern and Dortmund seem determined to hold on to their ace strikers. Aubameyang in particular has been a tremendous difference-maker for Dortmund in 2015-16, and his contract doesn't run out until 2020, per Forjanes.

His comments have opened the door, although it's unclear at this point whether Los Blancos are keen on the Gabonese forward. Given his steady development and superb scoring record in the last two seasons, president Florentino Perez likely wouldn't mind splashing the cash to lure him to Madrid.

But moving for Lewandowski and Aubameyang, who both do their best work as lone forwards, seems impossible, and Los Blancos would have to zero in on one target and stick to it. With a transfer ban on the horizon, the summer might present the club with their only opportunity to land either player for the foreseeable future, per ESPN FC.

At the very least, Los Blancos now know Aubameyang would be keen to join, which would give the club leverage over Dortmund in transfer negotiations. The striker would still cost a pretty penny, but for the right offer, he might convince Dortmund to cash in and help him make his dream come true.